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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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Targeted therapy (TAR-geh-ted THAYR-uh-pee)
A type of treatment that uses drugs or other substances, such as monoclonal antibodies, to identify and attack specific cancer cells. Targeted therapy may have fewer side effects than other types of cancer treatments.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.